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Urka: Says he’s the moderate alternative

July 25, 2018 GMT

Farmer shies from party labels, wants ‘common people’ to run for office

He’s never held an elected or appointed office, he shies from strict party affiliations and he holds no endorsements, but the Brethren native is not letting that stop him from vying for the 35th District seat in the State Senate.

“The ones who get the attention of the parties are the extremists. I think the moderates are way under-represented,” he said. “Partially it’s their own fault.”

Now on the Republican ballot for the primary, Urka initially registered as a Democrat before reconsidering his options. He is facing off against former 103rd Dist. Rep. Bruce Rendon of Lake City, former 101st Dist. Rep. Ray Franz of Onekama and current 101st Dist. Rep Curt VanderWall of Ludington in the Aug. 7 primary.

He said the impetus to seek public office again after running for a position in the State House in 2016 stems from a desire to see “more common people running for office,” and he considers himself just that. He said he received positive feedback after challenging VanderWall in the primary in 2016.

“I never expected to win. I was hoping to get some bargaining points,” Urka said.

A self-described moderate, Urka said he questions politicians who claim to have “all the answers” to large social, economic and infrastructure-related issues.

“There is no easy answer ... to some these big questions,” Urka said. “If you think you know, you’re lying.”

Read the full story in Tuesday’s Ludington Daily News print and e-Editions